Iris Aliaj

Academic Mentor

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Iris Aliaj

Academic Mentor

Iris enjoys working with students who have math phobia and transforming their experience with the subject.

Iris is an educator with 10 years of experience in helping students grow their confidence in mathematics and find joy in the subject. Educationalist Kurt Hahn’s words, “There is more in you than you think” are Iris’ mantra whenever she works with a new student, especially one who is struggling. The confidence she has in every student’s potential no matter how they present initially is supported by neuroscientific findings on “growth mindset,” a belief that abilities are malleable. For this reason, she especially enjoys working with students who have math phobia and transforming their experience with the subject. Her academic training in psychology and education science at elite schools helps her in this process of transformation.

Iris holds a double major in psychology and mathematics from Amherst College and a Master’s of Science in Education from UPenn Graduate School of Education. Iris has taught IB and AP at international schools in the US, Croatia, and Albania and has conducted research in education at a national level in Albania.

In addition to mathematics, in her free time, Iris enjoys running, hiking, practicing mindfulness meditation, reading poetry, attending art gallery openings, listening to operatic music, and watching TED Talks.

Schools

Amherst College, University of Pennsylvania

Languages

English, Italian, French, Albanian